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how long it will take to recover files from my 300gb drive

by cimnme / March 18, 2013 10:29 PM PDT

recently i went to a technician. my power receiver was broken. i wanted to stay there,he told me to come after 3hrs. after wandering 1hr outside, i went to his shop. he already fixed my laptop within that time. before going to the shop,i transferred my private files to an usb data storage. now judging his overall attitude and everything, I am little bit concerning about my deleted(transferred) files. my question is, it is possible for someone to recover files within 1hour? i had only 120gb free space of my 300gb hard drive. and all my files were hidden ones. waiting for reply from someone expert on this field. thanks.

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Re: files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 18, 2013 10:44 PM PDT

It might make a difference if they were 'hidden' or 'deleted' after you transferred them to your USB data storage. You're not clear about what exactly you did.

But, yes, I think he could have made a copy of your hard disk in an hour, to get the files off later.


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by cimnme / March 19, 2013 4:49 AM PDT
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yes, i copied them to a usb drive. then deleted them from pc using shift+del. those sensitive files were always hidden,even when i copied them they were hidden. another thing i always kept them in a application's folders. something unusual place.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2013 3:30 AM PDT

At the top is a post with recover tools. You can see how long it takes with the tools there but RECUVA is pretty fast.

But if I was a nefarious sort I would not bother with that but duplicate the HDD and deal with it later. Cloning a 300GB drive is usually a 20 or so minute task.

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